30 for No. 29: This is the 29th in a series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
5-9, 189 pounds, 5/13/91
2013: 39 tackles, 14 passes defensed, 2 INTs
From Fairfield, California and initially went to Santa Rosa Junior College in 2010. Had knee surgery in spring of 2012. Tore right meniscus in November 2012 but played final two games before having surgery in offseason. Injured shoulder early in 2013 season and had surgery to repair torn labrum in March which impacted pre-draft workouts. Was a first-team Walter Camp All-American and first-team All-Big XII selection. Also co-Big XII Defensive Player of the Year.
TO THE GOOD
Ridiculous quicks. Great footwork. Plays hard and will throw his body around. Has played through pain. Athletically as good as any corner in the draft in terms of performance measurables.
TO THE BAD
Not as good as any corner in the draft in terms of physical measurables. He’s short and slight and has short arms. He also will be an injury concern given the style he plays and the amount of weight he gives up.
Kyle Arrington is signed through 2016. His salary goes up to $3M in 2015 and $3.5M in 2016. Alfonzo Dennard is signed through 2015 and – as a seventh-rounder – will make just $1.33M over next two years. Verrett is the same kind of player as those two – a nickel corner. He could also play outside as well but the Pats seem to be seeking the bigger corners. A lot to like about Verrett. Injury concerns would make him a layup for second round if he sticks that long.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com -No. 25, San Diego
Charley Casserley, NFL.com -No. 27, New Orleans
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com - No. 30, San Francisco